Singapore’s Health Ministry Accuses American Of Leaking Health Records Of 14,200 Singaporeans, Foreigners Living With HIV

Associated Press: Singapore says American leaked 14,200 HIV records
“Singapore’s health ministry accused an American on Monday of stealing and leaking the records of 14,200 people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, before January 2013…” (Liang, 1/28).

BBC News: Singapore HIV registry data leaked online in health breach
“…They believe an HIV-positive American whose partner was a senior Singaporean doctor is behind the leak. The hack comes just months after the records of 1.5m Singaporeans, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, were stolen last year. Confidential information including names, addresses, HIV status, and other medical information is reportedly included in the latest breach…” (1/28).

CNN: HIV status of over 14,000 people leaked online, Singapore authorities say
“…Records leaked include 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed as HIV-positive before January 2013, and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed before December 2011, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement…” (Griffiths, 1/28).

New York Times: Singapore Says Records for 14,200 HIV Patients, Held by an American, Were Leaked
“…The Singaporean police notified the Health Ministry on Jan. 22 that confidential information from its HIV Registry ‘may have been disclosed by an unauthorized person,’ the statement said. … It named that person as Mikhy K. Farrera Brochez, an American citizen who it said had lived in Singapore on an employment pass from January 2008 to June 2016, when he was jailed. Mr. Brochez could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday…” (Ives, 1/28).

Reuters: U.S. citizen leaks data on 14,200 people in Singapore with HIV
“…U.S. citizen Mikhy Farrera Brochez lived in Singapore from 2008 and was convicted in 2017 on numerous drug-related and fraud offenses, including lying to the Ministry of Manpower about his own HIV status. … Brochez was deported after serving his jail term and was now overseas, according to the ministry statement, which did not say where…” (Aravindan, 1/28).

Wall Street Journal: HIV Status of More Than 14,000 People Leaked in Singapore Data Breach
“…The disclosure of medical data, especially regarding HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can have severe consequences for those involved, particularly gay people. In Singapore, sex between men is illegal and homosexuality is widely stigmatized. The leak ‘has the potential of damaging the lives of persons living with HIV and their loved ones,’ said Roy Chan, president of nongovernmental organization Action for AIDS in Singapore. ‘This is a criminal act that should be condemned and answered in the most severe terms possible’…” (Watt/Venkat, 1/28).

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